Hi, I'm Paula and I am an experienced Counsellor, Supervisor and Registered General Nurse, working with both individuals and couples. I appreciate the connection between physical health and psychological well being. I work with a variety of trauma and anxiety disorders, especially relating to relationship issues and sexual assault/abuse, domestic abuse, sex problems and sex addiction. OCD, hoarding as well as panic disorders and pain management are also areas of interest.
I have extensive experience in discussing sensitive issues with people, including issues relating to sexual identity and sexual and domestic assault/abuse. I have furthered my qualifications to be able to include working with relationship difficulties and psychosexual problems (sex therapy).
I help my clients to find a way through their issues and provide a safe and confidential space to do so. My approach is caring and professional and counselling is totally confidential. If talking feels uncomfortable then I also offer a variety of creative therapies should you prefer to work in this way.
If you would like to ask me any questions or book a session with me, then I would like to welcome you to get in touch today. I have some daytime, evening and weekend appointments available and will be happy to discuss your specific needs further.
Please call or text me on 07840 055140 or click here to send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma and Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Certificate in Psychosexual Studies
- Registered General Nurse
- Certificate in Group Facilitation
- Certificate in Integrative Supervision
- Certificate in Creative Therapy
- OCD and compulsive hoarding
I work as a Practitioner for a charitable organisation supporting adults, children and families who are survivors of sexual violence and abuse.
I have worked as a nurse for many years so have an understanding of the relationship between your physical health and psychological wellbeing. As a Registered General Nurse, I can also offer specialist counselling for people with chronic health conditions or their family members, or carers who may be affected by their loved one's health problems.
I provide individual supervision to other counsellors.
I am a tutor on a couple's course and supervise a couples supervision group.
In my private practice, I work with clients on whatever they need to address.
I have trained at the Tavistock Centre and have experience of working with clients who have psychosexual problems and sex addiction.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- family issues
- generalised anxiety disorder
- Chronic pain management
- OCD and compulsive hoarding
- childhood related issues
- relationship problems
- sex problems
- sexual dysfunction.
Concessions offered for
Individual full fee - £40
Couples - £50
Concessions are available, negotiable in the assessment if required. I offer a number of discounted rates based on personal circumstances. Please contact me to discuss your situation.
Clinical - £60 for 1hour 30 minutes.
I can offer telephone and video counselling via zoom or WhatSapp whilst we follow the government guidelines on social distancing.
What is Counselling?
Sometimes by exploring painful and difficult experiences, we can begin to make sense of what has happened, and come to understand the effect it may be having upon us and our well-being. We can often find it difficult to express intense feelings, such as anger, embarrassment, grief, guilt and hate to our friends and family. Counselling can offer you space and time to express and explore such feelings, in a safe supportive place.
Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Counselling or psychotherapy provides a regular time for those in distress to explore their feelings and talk about their problems. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping and will help you to find your own insight and understanding of your problems, allowing you to live the life you deserve.
The type of counselling I offer is called Psychodynamic Therapy. This means we focus on the unconscious thought processes which are reflected in your behaviour. I also use creative therapies to help clients who may have difficulty verbalising their past experiences.
I believe that through the relationship created in my therapy room the effects of the past can be reviewed and adapted so that your present and future life becomes more manageable.
Your first session will last for 1 hour and together we will assess what you hope to gain from counselling. Subsequent sessions last for 50 minutes.
Sessions take place in my comfortable and private consulting room in Birch which is a 10-minute drive from Colchester and will be held at the same time each week. I am available weekdays, evenings and weekends.